Happy Monday! I hope you’re staying warm and happy in your corner of the world.
We’ve had some bitterly cold temperatures here in Minnesota lately (-19 without wind chill!) but it’s starting to warm up a little and I’m optimistic we’ll at least get above zero for a few days so we can properly take advantage of all of our lovely snow.
Here are a few ways to make a little magic with your kiddos this week…
1. Print out some free toys!
Made by Joel offers free printables of everything from a paper city Nativity scene to paper slotted animals to an oscillating bird and more.
We’ve also loved the toys at The Toymaker for years.
2. Go sledding or ice skating in the kitchen! Pull little ones around on towels, or have them put on socks and slip around the floor. Older kids can pull the little ones and accidentally get some exercise in at the same time! If you’re brave enough, give them a bucket of warm soapy water and have them “mop” the floor with their stocking feet. My girls used to love to do this, though it can get pretty wet!
3. Host a gingerbread house building party. Magical Mama Tiffany has all sorts of wonderful recipes and fun ideas for hosting a gingerbread house making party here.
4. Make the kids a “Yes” tree. Do you have little ones who love to fuss with the ornaments on the tree? This is another wonderful idea from Tiffany, who says, “I made the kids a ‘YES’ tree that they can decorate and undecorate to their heart’s content!!”
5. Cancel something you didn’t really want to do. Go ahead. The world won’t end! Do something that sounds fabulously fun (or completely lazy!) instead.
6. Make Santa strawberries or other healthy but delightful treats. Here is a round-up of ten whimsical (healthy) holiday treats to make with kids.
7. Have an inside snowball fight! Crumple up oodles of paper from the recycling bin and give each player a laundry basket full. Find some good launching spots (behind the couch, behind a table…) and commence flinging!
8. Have fun with boxes. If you’re getting lots of boxes coming into the house right now, why not let the kids put them to use? Let them use them to make robots, tunnels, playhouses, you name it. You can be fancy and help out, like the ultra-creative mama at Life as a Thrifter…
Or just let the kids loose to make up their own fun!
9. Compliment each other, balloon style! Pick someone in the room to focus on and toss a balloon up in the air. Everybody else has to keep bopping the balloon up and keep it from hitting the ground. You can’t bop it without calling out something fabulous about your subject though! Think quick! See how long you can keep it up (and how many wonderful things people can think up about each other!).
10. Make a paper chain of happy memories and accomplishments from the past year.
Want more ways to make some more magic with your kids? Here are 50 ways to make the holidays magical from my examiner column a couple of years ago.
And with that, I’m off to make a little magic of my own. Have a magical week!